Dishing about motherhood for the 1st time since the birth of her and Ryan Gosling’s 2nd child, Eva Mendes revealed in a recent interview the super sweet reason why she and the actor chose the same name for both of their daughters. And seriously, their rationale will melt your heart!
When Eva Mendes, 42, and Ryan Gosling‘s, 35 first daughter, Esmerelda, was born back in 2014, Eva revealed that her child’s middle name, Amada, was her grandmother’s name and meant “beloved” in Spanish. But in giving her second daughter the same name, Amada became even MORE meaningful. And when asked by Latina magazine if there was a reason she named both of her daughters Amada, Eva had the perfect response!
“My grandmother’s name is Amada, and Esmeralda Amada is the name of our oldest,” the actress explained. “We had a few names picked out for our new baby, and when she was born, we didn’t feel like those names were her. We came up with a few more, even that morning, and tried them out. We were like, ‘What about Viviana?’ But we just kept going back to Amada.”
And apparently, naming siblings the same name is a common Latin practice! “In true Latin fashion, we reuse names all the time. I used to know five sisters that were all Maria del Carmen, Maria Elena, Maria Liliana….” Eva told the publication. I actually told Ryan, ‘This is common in Latin culture, so it wouldn’t be crazy.’ So we went with Amada because it was something we kept going back to.”
But not only did Ryan and Eva love the sound of the name, they also loved the emotional response it drew from them. “It was an emotional time with the passing of my brother,” Eva said. “We thought how beautiful to go with what made us emotional and with what felt like her. When we looked at her, we thought, ‘Aww, Amadita.'” So adorable!
While Esmerelda and Amada do share a name, the new baby actually almost shared a name with someone else instead — her mom! “My mom’s name is Eva,” the actress laughed. “We even thought about Eva III. And we were like, ‘You know what? Maybe that’s a bit much.'”
Eva and Ryan are notorious for keeping their personal lives extremely private. After all, when Eva gave birth to the couple’s second child back in April, the world didn’t find out about it until weeks later — let alone news of her pregnancy didn’t even break until she was already 9 months along! But we LOVE that she shared the story behind why her daughters share a name. Isn’t it sweet?
Tell us, HollywoodLifers — do you love the meaning and culture behind both of Ryan and Eva’s daughters sharing the name Amada?